Accessible keyboard

Braille typing on the touch screen itself!
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Nissan Yaron
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Technology
Jerusalem
Israel
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Touch typing for the blind

For every contribution you make, we’ll donate a license of the Super Braille Keyboard to a blind person on your behalf.

An invisible innovative keyboard which for the first time enables touch typing and Braille typing on the touch screen itself!

One touch screen technology, two solutions:

1. Innovative single-handed touch typing for both sighted and visually impaired users.

2.  Standard two-handed Braille typing for the visually impaired.

What would happen if you couldn't see your tablet or smartphone screen? 

According to the World Health Organization there are 285 million visually impaired people worldwide. They cannot type freely on touch screen devices and are challenged by this every day. 
They cannot see the screen nor can they feel the touch screen keyboard in the same way as they can feel a regular physical keyboard. 

                        


      Braille keyboards cost about $2000

Third party Braille keyboards cost about $2,000, and even though they can work with tablets and smartphones they are quite cumbersome and unwieldly. Plus, as soon as you need to add a large piece of equipment to get a mobile device to work, then the tablet or smartphone loses much of its mobility and convenience. The UpSense Super Braille Keyboard obviates the need for any extra equipment making mobile devices just as mobile for everyone, whether sighted or visually impaired.

Inpris is led by a father and son team who passionately believe that the opportunities and convenience offered by smart devices should be available to all. We have developed the Braille of the 21st century – the UpSense virtual keyboard. 

UpSense is also great for the sighted


This is the keyboard of the future – an invisible touch screen keyboard based on intuitive finger gestures. 

So you don’t have to see to type, you just have to feel the touch screen. 



Creating the future

We have been working very hard for the last two years and we now have a very robust Beta version of the UpSense Super Keyboard. We have given it to many people for testing and with their insights and feedback  we are close to releasing the commercial versions of the UpSense Super Keyboard and UpSense Super  Braille Keyboard. 

Up until now we have been in bootstrap mode, investing only our own personal savings supplemented by a small grant for startups from the Israeli Ministry of Economy. We now turn to you and ask for your generous support to bring the future of touch screen typing to the world of touch screen apps.

We are planning two products:

1.  UpSense Super Keyboard for single-handed gesture typing

2.  UpSense Super Braille Keyboard for typing standard Braille with two hands


How do I type with UpSense?



Testimonials


"Up until now we were forced to use large and unwieldy machines that took up a lot of space at home, but now we can use a lightweight device that is really convenient to use." – S. H.

"I had the opportunity to use the the Super Braille Keyboard and I had a very moving and positive experience." – T. G.

"There is no doubt that this is one of the most amazing developments of all time for the visually impaired community." – D. M.

Your Impact 



How our technology is validated


We have been busy – here’s a summary of our accomplishments:

 Over the past year we have tested and retested version after version of the UpSense Super Keyboard. Each iteration improved on the previous version, as we used testers from many different backgrounds.

We completed the Hebrew University’s Siftech accelerator program – a four month course for technology startups. In summer 2013 Inpris was selected as one of only eight startups from all over the world for Google’s exciting and prestigious two-week Blackbox program


In August 2013 we had the privilege of demonstrating UpSense to

Mr Shimon Peres, the president of the State of Israel, at Google Israel’s R&D headquarters. 

He said: 

"This will be a tremendous help to millions of people who until now had no alternative. It’s a brilliant idea." 




"Tnufa" grant from the Israeli Ministry of Economy


The Team



Inpris was founded by  father and son, Ben-Etzion and Nissan Yaron. We believe in making the world of touch screens accessible to all, regardless of ability. Together we have created the UpSense Super Keyboard.

Inpris was founded in 2011 in Israel, the startup capital of the world, and we have been developing the UpSense technology for more than two years. 

We are not afraid to take risks in order to create superior products that function exactly the way you need them.

Nissan (son) is our CEO. He is a professional filmmaker, former head of the Jerusalem Art Students Association and former head of a special intelligence unit in the Israeli Army.

Ben-Etzion (father) is our CTO. He is an experienced innovator and winner of the Kaye award for innovation for a solution to the Y2K bug. Currently Ben-Etzion is Team Leader at the Department of Computerized Information Systems at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

Check us out and we’d love to hear from you!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Inpris.keyboard

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nissany

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Inprisltd

E-mail: nissan@inprisltd.com


Donate

Support us in our efforts to complete the UpSense Super Braille Keyboard and we will donate free versions on your behalf to the visually impaired round the world. We will work with non-profit organizations in different countries to provide the UpSense Super Braille Keyboard to a wide audience and change their world.


Post campaign prices estimation:

One hand accessilbe version: $25-$50

Braille version: $75-$99

We’ve got Media coverage!

English

Shalomlife - Shimon Peres praises Inpris

Geektime - New keyboard may become the new standard of typing

Israel21c - Top 10 incredible Israeli advances in vision

Chipcheek - The UpSense keyboard presents a radically new way to type on a tablet

Gigaom - Meet the companies accepted into the first Google for Entrepreneurs program

Eyeway UpSense allows the visually impaired to use touch screens

INN - Inpris will change the way you type on your smartphone

BGR - Upsense is an invisible, Braille-friendly keyboard for your tablet

Spanish

Vidamaislivre - "empresa lan?a solu??o para escrever sem ver"

Orange Spain -  "UpSense, una forma diferente de escribir en tu tablet Android"

Think Big - Accesibilidad en la era de los dispositivos de pantalla táctil

German

Android-user  - Inpris presentiert Braille-Keyboard UpSense

Hebrew

Channel 2 (Israel) - פיתוח ישראלי יאפשר גם ללקויי ראיה לכתוב בעזרת מסך מגע

Geektime - מצעד פרוייקטי מימון ההמונים שאהבנו השבוע

Y-net - מצמצמים את הפער, טכנולוגיות מותאמות לעיוורים



100% of the funds  we raise on Indiegogo will be used to complete the first commercial version of the UpSense Super Keyboard. 

All commercial software apps require the highest standards in order to succeed in a very competitive marketplace. This is doubly so when working with the visually impaired community, as they can't just check out a video, rely on visual cues on the screen or flick through a user guide.

So to reach our goal we need to consult with expert user experience advocates, work with top notch developers and run really rigorous QA testing in order to deliver an experience that exceeds our users' expectations. We need to provide them with a seamless transition from legacy Braille products to the UpSense Super Braille Keyboard on their tablet devices.

These extra development requirements are why we need a final $50,000 of your support in order to make our dream a reality and boost the quality of life for so many millions of people around the globe.


Development Roadmap

2-4 months: launching UpSense Super Braille Keyboard for Android  

4-6 months: launching UpSense Super Keyboard for single-handed gesture typing for Android

Demo app for iOS in Q3, 2014

With your support we can make the keyboard fully accessible to both the visually impaired and sighted communities, and make it possible to type whole sentences using intuitive gestures. 


How Else Can I Help?


Spread the word to your friends, family and of course to those who are visually impaired! This is not only an innovative way for the visually impaired to use touchscreens, it’s life-changing

…and tell us how you imagine the gestures for typing your alphabet!


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  • $5USD
    Thank you!

    Thanks for your help! We'll send you a thank you email!

    3 out of 1000 claimed

    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $9USD
    UpSense Commercial Version

    Get our super cool UpSense Super Keyboard for sighted users (single-handed gesture typing) as soon as it’s ready! The UpSense Super Keyboard is an invisible and ergonomic way to touch type on your smartphone or tablet

    18 out of 10000 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $15USD
    UpSense super cool sleep mask

    Get the UpSense keyboard and a soothing sleep mask designed by Inpris, because who needs to look at the screen when you can gesture type using the UpSense Super Keyboard!?

    1 out of 99 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $25USD
    UpSense Accessible + Donation

    Get our super cool version of the accessible UpSense Super Keyboard for single-handed gesture typing with all the features for typing without seeing (voice help and voice feedback)! Plus donate one version to someone you know. If you don't have a specific person to donate to, we’ll donate one license of UpSense Super Keyboard to a blind person on your behalf.

    14 out of 10000 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $50USD
    Braille, special Hamsa

    Get the UpSense Super Braille Keyboard for typing Braille on a touch screen without any additional equipment! Plus donate one version to someone you know. If you don't have a specific person to donate to, we’ll donate one license of the UpSense Super Braille Keyboard to a blind person on your behalf. You will also get the special Hamsa that we designed. It will help you learn how to correctly position your fingers and it's also a good luck charm!

    3 out of 10000 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $75USD
    Pro, Donation, Mouse pad

    Get the UpSense Super Braille Keyboard for typing Braille on a touch screen without any additional equipment, plus UpSense Super Keyboard for single-handed gesture typing with all the features for typing without seeing! Plus donate two licenses to people you know. If you don't have a specific person to donate to, we’ll donate two licenses of the full version to blind people on your behalf. You will also get a great mouse pad designed by Inpris.

    2 out of 1000 claimed

    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $100USD
    Inpris Companion, T-shirt

    Wow! You are one of our special companions! You'll get VIP access to ALL our future products and features (and there are going to be plenty), plus a super cool Inpris designed t-shirt. Plus donate four versions to people you know. If you don't have specific people to want to donate to, we’ll donate four licenses to blind people on your behalf.

    1 out of 1000 claimed

    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $500USD
    Member of Honor

    You are true a visionary, and with your help we are getting closer to make the dream come true. We'll donate 50 licenses on your behalf to blind people in the third world, plus we'll send you a special signed certificate of appreciation, plus you'll get all the above perks with special thanks on our website, Facebook and Twitter.

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    Estimated delivery: July 2014
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    We salute you! You are a rare and generous person, and we are going to make sure that everybody knows that. You'll get a gold, signed certificate of appreciation, lots of credit on our website, Facebook and Twitter, a special honor shirt, a super cool hat, and all the above perks!

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